Volvo nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recognition

 allcarschannel The Volvo S80 has picked up the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), according to a latest release by Volvo Car Group. Last year, the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 had each earned a Top Safety Pick+ award, when IIHS extended its scope by integrating the small overlap test in 2012.

The S80 Top Safety Pick+ results include good performance in the small overlap front test, which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object, such as a tree or utility pole – a very severe crash situation. In the test, 25 percent of the front end on the driver’s side strikes a five-foot-high rigid barrier at 40 mph.

Volvo S80 large sedan’s safety cage is one of the most robust in the world

Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Car Group, emphasized, “Our safety cage features a robust design with a blend of different steel qualities. The new IIHS test program confirms the exceptional crashworthiness of this patented solution.”

“Similar mixes of steel qualities are used in all current Volvo models, and the technology will be further enhanced in the upcoming variants developed on our Scalable Product Architecture. The IIHS Top Safety Pick+ emphasizes the sustainability of our safety leadership. We are moving closer to our aim that by 2020 no one should be injured or killed in a new Volvo. Our long-term vision is that cars should not crash,” he added.

IIHS test program for 2014 incorporates further scopes

From next year on, IIHS will introduce a new test program that rates the performance of front crash-prevention systems. This evaluation is incorporated into the institute’s 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating. According to this extended scope, the Volvo S60, XC60 and S80, which are available with City Safety and Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection, will be among the car variants with a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating. Broberg further testified that the new IIHS test program would give consumers a better insight into the advantages of auto brake systems.

Edited: Volvo

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